Month: March 2010

Clothes made for women. And not the perfect ones.

When I was pregnant with my first child, I went a little crazy with the maternity clothes. And although my husband raised a skeptical eyebrow and tut-tutted about me buying items that I would — he insisted — never wear again after pregnancy, I proved him wrong. For better or for worse. The problem is, so many of those maternity clothes that have such an accommodating cut aren’t the most fashionable of wardrobe items and really should be put on ebay or handed down to pregnant friends as soon as possible. Which is why I love Canadian fashion designer...

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Watch out Polly Pockets. You’ve got handmade competition.

If you’ve got a five-year-old daughter (or thereabouts) then you know the story well. Someone (*coughGrandmomcough*) buys her Polly Pockets and you end up spending most of your time searching for the ridiculously small shoes in your vacuum filter. So, I’m always on the look out for similar alternatives, like these adorable hand crocheted mini dolls from Sweet Dolls. Even though they’re a bit bigger than their plastic counterparts, I’m pretty sure in this case, size doesn’t really matter. They’re fun, fashionable (hello, pink hair!), and best of all, I’m guessing they’d be easier for little hands to dress...

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I holla for Soapwalla!

Writing for Cool Mom Picks is pretty much my dream job, and I get to review some truly amazing stuff. I can shout at the top of my lungs about how much I like a product, but the real test is this: Did I go back and buy more? When it comes to Soapwalla Kitchen, the answer is a resounding “Yes, and I’m tracking my shipment hourly.” Soapwalla is a one-woman, hands-on, super pure line of indulgent bath products by Brooklyn girl Rachel Winard. Her objective? To make the highest quality all-natural bath products available. You can’t really argue...

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Raising creative kids – here’s a hint: You’re not starting from scratch.

When my kids were young, the challenge for me wasn’t trying to get them to be more creative. They had access to all my art supplies and were constantly creating all kinds of art creations. My issue was where to store and display, say, a four foot high, blue sculpture made of paper towel and toilet paper tubes all held together with studiously applied tiny pieces of masking tape. Author Whitney Ferre, the founder of the Creative Fitness Center (you might know it from HGTV) takes on this kind of challenge and more in the very good book for...

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Meep meep meeeep (That’s robospeak for cool kids art)

All girls do not love ballerinas and all boys do not love cars. Totally get that. Even so, I do get that the vast majority of moms are looking for less traditionally feminine themes for their sons, and that the bunnies and lambs that look cute in a baby’s room aren’t so great in about two years. That’s why I love something like these robot prints by French graphics artist Slati — which, by the way, are super cool for any kid, boy or girl. Made in a limited run of 300 each, you can buy one of the...

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Now this is my kind of egg decorating

After stumbling upon the Design Your Own eggheads felt book from Beeper BeBe, I’m on the verge of nixing the whole Easter basket thing and going with Easter presents instead. because really, when you add up the price (and let’s face it, the play life) of all the trinkets I stuff in the baskets, something like this is going to last me way beyond Easter Sunday. These felt activity books are a great way to keep little hands busy while you’ve got the ham in the oven or heck, any other time you need your kids to occupy themselves —...

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Allergen-free Easter candy? Reader Q&A

Any ideas where I can find allergen-free Easter candy? Nearly everything I see is processed in a plant with peanuts so I’m looking for egg-free and peanut-free goodies. -Mary As the mom of a daughter allergic to milk, I share your concern since so much of the stuff on store shelves isn’t safe for her either. So in the interest of helping all of us moms with kids allergic to milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, gluten, wheat, and whatever-else-there-is, here are some sites that have products just for us. -Christina Our go-to site for allergy-free Easter candy (and, really,...

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Web Coolness – Easter treats, affordable maternity wear and National Craft Month

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. On Mighty Goods you’ll find a round up of Easter Basket treats for adults. Looove those Knipschildt Chocolate Robin’s Eggs from Dean + Deluca (shown). Yum. MomFinds tracks down five $15 maternity dresses for spring. Creative Humans Magazine (from our very own contributor Leah Peterson) has a lovely giveaway in honor of National Craft Month. We love National Craft month! The Museum of Modern Art discusses acquiring the @ symbol. Remember when we wondered what that thing would be used for anyway?...

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Let’s hear it for birthdays and the American Cancer Society!

We are always exceedingly grateful to all of our sponsors at Cool Mom Picks, big and small, because they are the ones who allow us to do what we do here. But there’s one in particular that we want to give an extra-special shout-out to, because we so love everything they’re about. The American Cancer Society is continuing their excellent More Birthdays campaign, in celebration of many cancer survivors who get to keep blowing out those candles every year–including a dear friend who just celebrated her five year “anniversary” yesterday. (Whoo Jurene!) The campaign is optimistic, it’s uplifting, and...

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Personalized baby gifts that will make you dance. Or jig.

We instantly fell in love with artist Alyssa Coberly’s adorable personalized onesies a few years back, and it seems like her work, sort of like babies, just keeps getting cuter and cuter – which is why we included her exclusive gift set in our new Baby Shower Gift Guide.  So if for some ridiculous reason you haven’t clicked over to our guide yet, we figured we’d show you what you’re missing. The set of three completely custom onesies make the perfect gift for any expectant mama or new baby, but keep in mind that because they go up to 12-18 months, you’re looking at an...

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